Choosing a career path these days has proven harder than ever before. With improvements in technology, energy uses, etc. its becoming harder and harder to predict the future of a career path you choose. The trucking industry is no stranger to changes and talk of the future is causing the industry to look ahead in an attempt to create a positive and bright path for anyone seeking this thrilling career.
Technological advances have been a popular subject and a possible concern for those in the trucking industry. Self-driving electric trucks have been the talk of the town and many are concerned about the effect this will pose on driver jobs. The idea of electric trucks may be a good one, good for the planet etc., but self-driving trucks raise major concern. A machine driven truck cant have the same reflexes, maneuverability, and skill that makes a truck driver. Not all deliveries are made on major highways, and many deliveries require getting through tight spaces, negotiating with other drivers and much more which a machine won’t be capable of doing. If we do start to turn towards self-driven trucks, some aspects of the idea could be seen as a potential benefit working along side the driver, but eliminating drivers completely doesn’t seem like a reality for the future.
What else is affecting the future of the trucking industry? A lack of drivers. Many trucking companies are reporting shortages of drivers and not being able to fill spots fast enough. What seems to be the biggest issue here isn’t that people don’t want to apply for truck driving positions, but that many positions require experience which can be intimidating for new drivers looking for work after completing CDL training and testing. Individuals who do have former experience feel the compensation isn’t good enough for such a long time of doing the job already. But what does this mean for the future of trucking? Companies are listening now. The future is looking positive for driver jobs as pay, compensation, and benefits are on the rise. Training programs, student programs, and more are also becoming more available to those who are just starting out in the career.
In the end, the future is looking positive for the trucking industry. Worries of technology taking over jobs will always arise for any job, but the importance of a responsible driver behind the wheels of delivery trucks will only continue to increase and will never change. The influencing of younger generations to pursue a trucking career is also becoming more important and will play a big role in the future of this industry. Lets show our younger generations how rewarding it can be and the positivity and improvents that will continue into the future.